Views of the Neighborhood – Edinburgh Neighborhood

Author John W. Howell is visiting Scotland and his family roots – these are shots of Edinburgh. Please, enjoy the tour…

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Today’s views are of the neighborhood that I have been in since Monday.  There have been so many things to see and here is a sample of the city.


The requisite view of the surrounding countryside as we come in for a landing.


This is a shot of street where the apartment we stayed is located. The entrance is below grade through the gate which is just after the stairs.


This is a view of Edinburgh taken from Calton Hill. It was taken at 9:45 pm and the sun was just beginning to set.


This is a photo taken at Edinburg Castle. The young, serious, well dressed, military man is in charge of shooting the 1:00 cannon (which is done daily) which you can see in the background. The other guy looks like a writer or homeless person to me.


This is a shot of the castle. The day was…

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Tuesday – Anything Possible – Kreative Kue #128 by Keith Channing

Author, John W. Howell, treats us with a sweet and humorous interpretation of a lovely photograph. Please, read on…

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Keith’s own words. “On to this week’s challenge: Using this photo (below) as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithkreates@channing.ino before 6 pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.

The Photo.

Kreative Kue #128

Left by John W. Howell © 2017

“Sir but it looks like you missed the boat.”


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Reading “Little House on the Prairie”, Then and Now

Jennie has gifted us with two touching stories from her classroom experiences reading to children. I love them and you will too! Please, read on…

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I have two stories to tell; both happened on the same day this week, yet they are fourteen years apart.  Every year my last chapter reading book at school is Little House on the Prairie.  Here is what happened:

Story One:  My school’s annual presentation of a college scholarship to a former student happened this week.  Martha, the recipient, was a preschooler in my class, way back when.  As her winning essay was read aloud, these were her some of her words:

“I have been fortunate to grow up in an environment where a love of learning was instilled in me from a young age.  Between my mom and Jennie, adults read out loud to me multiple times a day.  They also encouraged me to ask questions and to be a curious learner, which led directly to my success in high school.”

Martha and Jennie…now

Martha was the quiet one…

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A Guide to Hanging Out With Cloth Ears.

Hayley Beasley discusses her hearing loss and offers suggestions of practices to implement and to avoid when in the company of a person who is hearing impaired. Please, read on…

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It’s Deaf Awareness Week, so as yours truly has cloth ears, I thought I’d do my bit to help with that awareness. I lost my hearing after having a baby and have to rely on hearing aids to hear. There’s more on that in this post here. However, even with hearing aids it’s a day to day struggle trying to hear sounds and conversations. What would help people like me, is if people were aware of the ways that would help us with our hearing issues (and in turn help you).

deaf culture huh

So, here’s my tips for when you’re with a deaf person:
– ensure you’ve got your deaf friend’s attention before talking to them
– make sure you’re talking in their direction and don’t turn away in the middle of talking to them either. If you suddenly need to grab something that’s in a different direction to your friend-…

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John’s Believe It Or Not… May 16th

In 1806 Philemon Wright starts his first timber raft down the Ottawa River. In 1943 Allied Dambusters raid on Mohne & Eder dams. In 1975 A nurse steals another woman’s unborn baby. In 1975 Japanese woman scales Everest. In 1717 Voltaire is imprisoned in the Bastille.

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* 1806 – Philemon Wright starts his first timber raft down the Ottawa River. (The Ottawa River timber trade, also known as the Ottawa Valley timber trade or Ottawa River lumber trade, was the nineteenth-century production of wood products by Canada on areas of the Ottawa River destined for British and American markets. It was the major industry of the historical colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada and it created an entrepreneur known as a lumber baron. The trade in squared timber and later sawed lumber led to population growth and prosperity to communities in the Ottawa Valley, especially the city of Bytown (now Ottawa, the capital of Canada). The product was chiefly red and white pine. The industry lasted until around 1900 as both markets and supplies decreased. The industry came about following Napoleon’s 1806 Continental Blockade in Europe causing the United Kingdom to require a new source of timber, especially for its navy and shipbuilding. Later the U.K.’s application of gradually increasing preferential tariffs increased Canadian imports. The first part of the industry, the trade in squared timber lasted until about the 1850s. The transportation for the raw timber was first by means of floating down the Ottawa River, proved possible in 1806 by Philemon Wright.[1] Squared timber would be assembled into large rafts which held living quarters for men on their six-week journey to Quebec City, which had large exporting facilities and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 16th”

Views of the Neighborhood

Author John W. Howell delivers spectacular shots of the almost completed sand sculptures at the Port Aransas Texas Sandfest! Please, read on…

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Last week I ran a preview to the Texas SandFest and promised more pictures this week. I have to provide a little disclaimer. Since my deadline for posting for Sunday is Saturday, I had to be satisfied with the sculptures state of readiness.  The artists have until Sunday noon to finish their work for judging. You will get an idea of the work even though they are unfinished at this time.

This first photo is of the sculpture honoring our military personnel.

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Here is a closer look at the work.

The heart reads “Thank you Troops and Vets” with a subscript saying “military smiles.”

Here is a shot of the finished side honoring those who fell in the Texas Revolution

The fourth side of the honor piece is a tribute to the Alamo and the people who lost their lives.

There is also a huge sculpture recognizing the sponsors of SandFest

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